Hoosier Staff Features Three Olympians
Aug. 25, 2005
Not too many track and field programs across the nation can say the have three Olympians present on their staff. Indiana University is proud to be one of these institutions and have Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler (1988 Olympics, Discus), volunteer coaches Dave Volz (1992 Olympics, Pole Vault) and Rose Richmond (2004 Olympics, Long Jump) working with IU student-athletes. Below is a brief recap of the Hoosier coaches and their stellar track and field careers:
Heisler, who attended the University of Indianapolis and retired as an athlete in 1996, was one of the top U.S. discus throwers for over a decade, representing the U.S. in international competition on 13 occasions. These include his efforts for the 1988 Olympic team and two World Championship teams. Heisler's personal bests are 221-10' in the discus and 65-7 in the shot, making him one of the best dual throwers in U.S. track and field history.
Volz, a letterwinner at IU from 1981-84, took fifth in the pole vault at the 1992 Olympic games with a clearance of 5.65m (18-6.5). He was also the 1981 NCAA outdoor pole vault champion and was a five-time All-American at IU. The two-time indoor and outdoor Big Ten pole vault champion set two American records while at Indiana, and was dubbed the `best vaulter in the world' by Track and Field News in 1982.
Richmond is just the second female Olympian in IU school history. The St. Petersburg, Fla., product competed in the long jump at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Richmond ran track at Indiana from 2000-2003 and earned All-American honors and Big Ten champion status in 2000 and 2002 as part of IU's 4x100m relay team. Richmond was also a mainstay for the Hoosiers in the jumps and was the 2001 and 2002 outdoor long jump Big Ten champion. She captured the title in women's long jump at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. This past summer, Richmond was named to the USATF World team and won long jump title at the London Crystal Palace meet.
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